Labour has said that those who use the wrong pronouns or names of others intentionally could face prison sentences.
The party vowed to make attacks motivated by hatred of the victim’s gender identity “aggravated offences” if they came to power.
This would place transphobic abuse into the same category of racially and religiously motivated assault or harassment.
Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary Anneliese Dodds said at the Labour conference last week: “The Conservatives are failing to protect LGBT+ people with their inability to get a handle on hate crime, including violent hate crime.
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“Labour will strengthen the law to ensure the perpetrators of anti-LGBT+ hate can no longer dodge longer sentences.
“And our fully funded plan to recruit 13,000 more neighbourhood police and community support officers would increase safety for everyone.”
Conservatives fired back at the announcement.
A senior Tory source said: “Some police forces have shown themselves overzealous in the pursuit of supposed hate crimes and this reform would send them a signal to go even further.